NBC’s new adventure reality TV series, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, premieres on July 28.
The six-episode series follows celebrities on a one-on-one adventure with Bear Grylls for 48 hours.
Grylls told Men’s Health, “A lot of these guys, Ben and Zac and Tatum, they said to me, “We’d do this even if it wasn’t filmed.” I think they’re country boys at heart. They spend their time doing movies where everything is make-believe.”
Here’s what you need to know about the show’s fearless host.
1. He’s Known for ‘Man vs. Wild’
According to his website, he’s one of the youngest ever climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest
He told Wanderlust, “Everest changed my life in so many ways – I saw incredible courage and hardship and determination on a daily basis and that always leaves a mark.”
In fact, according to the manufacturer, the Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Knife was the world’s best selling outdoor knife in 2011.
4. He’s the Youngest Ever Chief Scout
At 34, he was the youngest Chief Scout to ever be appointed.
The high British honor is described as providing, ” inspirational leadership to the Scout Movement in the UK. The public face of Scouting, the Chief Scout ensures that we reach as wide an audience as possible.”
In April of 2013, Grylls joined Kate Middleton at the National Review of the Queen’s Scouts.
According to the Daily Mail, “The event is a day of celebration, bringing together 400 Queen’s Scouts and their invited guests to celebrate the achievements of young people and young adults who have achieved the prestigious award.”
As the Chief, Grylls told the paper about the celebration:
It’s great that so many adults are joining the Scouts, and I am sure the increase has had much to do with the Duchess of Cambridge becoming a Scout volunteer last year.
The Duchess is an incredible role model and she helps us show that Scouting’s not just for boys
5. He’s Real Name is Edward
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It was his sister who gave him his first nickname.
He told Men’s Health how the semingly appropriate moniker came about:
It’s a nickname, yeah. My real name is Edward. I wasn’t even born a minute and my sister decided it was the most boring name in the world. She was like, “I’m not calling him that.” So she came up with Bear. That’s what I’ve been called ever since I was a little baby.
As he got older and went to school, his classmates gave the active student a new animal-inspired nickname.
He said, “At school, some of the kids started calling me “Monkey,” because I’d climb everything. I’d climb buildings and trees, anything I could find. Between Bear and Monkey, I think I ended up with the better nickname. I remember being 6, and being so upset about my name. I was like, “I wish I had a normal name.” But I learned to love it.”
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